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George Wilson Parker


George Wilson Parker was born on November 8, 1889 to Richard William Parker (aged 31) and Mary Ann Parker (née Thomas) (aged 26) of North Road, in Preston, Lancashire. Richard was a Newsagent at the time.

Early Life

In the 1901 Census, the family had moved to Adelphi Street, in Lancaster, where Mary Ann was recorded as being a soldier’s wife and Richard was absent, presumably away in the Army. George now had a younger sister, Annie (aged 9). By the time of the 1911 Census, George was living at 101 Eccles Road, in Pemberton, with his uncle and aunt. He is recorded as being a Teacher at Beech St. County School, in Eccles.

Chester College

George attended Chester College and left in 1915.

Military Service

George served in the 6th Battalion of The Lancashire Fusiliers. The 6th Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers came into existence on February 20, 1918, to describe the unit formed by the amalgamation of the 1st/6th and 2nd/6th Battalions. Between October 5, 1917 and October 20, 1917, the 1st/6th battalion were at Nieuport on the Belgian coast. The 2nd/6th Battalion in which George served, were involved in the attack on Passchendaele from October 9 to October 11, 1917.

Lest We Forget

George was killed in action on October 9, 1917 which was the first day of The Battle of Poelcappelle, fought in Flanders, Belgium, by the British and German Armies.

Post Mortem

George is remembered on the memorial at Tyne Cot. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals for his service to King and Country. In his will, George’s effects were left to his uncle, Charles Edward Parker.